Fall sports are such an awesome way for kids and teens to learn the importance of working together as a team. Dedication, hard work and reliability are all incredible character traits they can learn from team sports. Unfortunately, there are also dangers that can come with playing sports.
From concussions during football and lacrosse, to arm and shoulder injuries in baseball and softball, there are endless possibilities for injuries to take place. But don’t let that discourage you from letting your kids play sports. Check out these great tips to help keep your kids safe this season.
Make Sure They Wear the Proper Gear
It’s so important to make sure your kids have the proper safety equipment—particularly during contact sports. Wearing the proper helmet, pads, and shoes can play a huge role in preventing injuries.
Keep Them Hydrated
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things your kids can do. Even though the weather is starting to cool off in many places, playing intense fall sports outdoors for hours in heavy pads means they’re likely to become exhausted. Dehydrated can lead to heatstroke as well as muscle cramping which can lead to other injuries. Drinking water before, during and after practice or a game is so important.
Make Sure They Rest
Resting between games and practice is also crucial to staying safe on the field. When your kids don’t get enough rest, they’re most likely to become exhausted and muscle fatigue is more prevalent.
Emphasize the Importance of Warming Up
Properly warming up is necessary in order to prevent potential injuries. Both static and dynamic stretches can help loosen the muscles and prepare your kids to play. Injuries like sprains and tears are more likely when the body hasn’t been warmed up.
Take Them for a Preseason Physical
It’s always a good idea to get your kids checked out at the doctor before the season starts. This can give you and your kids an idea of anything they may already have going on in their bodies so you can be aware of how to further protect them from injury.
Cross-training means they’ll have a well-rounded workout all year long. It’s a good idea for quarterbacks or pitchers to utilize something other than their throwing arm. Putting stress on the same muscles and joints consistently is never good for the body.
Make Sure They’re Eating Well
Eating nourishing foods can have a huge impact on how well your kids’ bodies function. Make sure they’re eating plenty of whole foods like fruits and vegetables to keep them healthy and strong.
A Final Note
Brain injuries can be incredibly dangerous—not just because of what’s going on internally, but also because they aren’t visible to the naked eye. If your child shows symptoms like dizziness, blurred vision, hearing impairments or headaches, it’s crucial to go get them checked out by a doctor. Remember that traumatic brain injuries don’t require a loss of consciousness. Keeping a close eye on your child after they have a head injury is imperative for their safety.